Today we are sharing some of the Bizarre, Surprising & Crazy facts about most weird Asian country North Korea. North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is one of the world’s most secretive countries.
North Korea – North Korea is officially the most corrupt country in the World. The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks every country in the world from 0 to 100, based on how corrupt it is, with a score of 0 being very corrupt and 100 meaning very clean. Every year North Korea ties with Somalia for last place. Let’s uncover the most crazy facts about the World’s most unlike hermit kingdom.
1. It is not 2016. It is Year 105 in North Korea, They use a calendar called the Juche, based off the birth of Kim Il-Sung, not Jesus.
2. It has a ‘3 generations of punishment’ rule.
If you commit an offence, you, your children and your children’s children will be punished for it.
3. It is the world’s only nation to currently have a US Navy Ship captured.
4. Only military and government officials are allowed to own cars.
5. Kim Jon-un killed his uncle by throwing him naked in a cage of 120 hungry dogs. He then killed his entire blood line.
6. North Korea has only 3 T.V. Channels.
7. There are 28 govt approved haircuts that citizens must choose from 18 for women. & 10 for men.
8. All the buildings in North Korea are painted grey from outside.
And most buildings have a picture of the supreme leader.
9. If you get caught reading the Bible or watching porn, you will receive the death penalty. North Korea recently publicly executes 80 people, some for reading the Bible.
10. It is illegal to take pictures of poor people because they believe it tarnishes the image of North Korea.
11. Every home and business in North Korea has a radio tuned to a government-controlled frequency that can’t be turned off, only turned down.
12. Kijong-dong is a model city built to attract South Koreans to North Korea from the border, but nobody actually lives there. It is a ghost city.
13. Wearing jeans is illegal in North Korea. They’re considered a symbol of American imperialism.
14. North Korea holds “elections” every five years with only one candidate participating in the elections.
While the voting takes place in secrecy, only one candidate’s name appears in the ballot sheet. The voter has the option to vote against the candidate by striking off his name, but that needs to be done in a separate booth without any secrecy! Voting is mandatory in the country and the turnout is usually around 100%.
15. North Korea enlists about 2000 women as the ‘Pleasure Squad’.
Attractive women to keep the top male officials “happy”.
16. North Korea produces so little electricity that it’s almost completely dark at night.
17. There are currently 2,00,000 prisoners in about 16 camps.
While the exact number of camps is ambiguous and not verifiable via official sources, North Korean prison camps (also known as concentration camps) have been existing 12 times longer than the Nazi concentration camps and has exceeded all others in duration, intensity and horror. Only one person has escaped from one of these concentration camps in all these years and he has written a book named, ‘Escape from Camp 14.’
18. Every teacher in North Korea is required to play the accordion.
It’s considered the “people’s instrument” because it can be carried along on a day of labor in the fields.
19. North Korea has loudspeakers on roads and propaganda starts at random times of the day. Children in North Korean schools are taught about world’s greatest leaders, namely, Kim Jong I and Kim Jong II.
20. If you are a visitor, your cell phone will be confiscated at airports and returned when you leave the country.
21. You have to ask for permission before clicking any pictures and chances are, you will be denied.
22. You are not allowed to speak to unauthorised individuals and you will be escorted by a guide everywhere.
23. There are huge statues of the supreme leaders in public spaces.
24. In 2014, Kim Jong-Un banned Choco Pies because they were too popular and he feared they would encourage an uprising — so South Korea launched 50 balloons carrying Choco Pies into North Korea.
25. Oh and the Internet is not available for use.
While the world continues to take baby steps towards forming a more peaceful and loving community, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is still following brutal dictatorship. It is heart wrenching to realise that some of this world’s population is being treated in sub-human ways and that a few men’s ideology is destroying a country and keeping it from reaching its potential and be a part of world culture.